Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena and stimulates a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen the way they do. Our children have access to a broad science curriculum following the guidelines in the National Curriculum. Children at our school learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. We strive to develop children’s curiosity, enjoyment, skills and a growing understanding of scientific knowledge through an approach in which they raise questions and investigate the world in which we live.

In Years 1 and 2 we provide our children with knowledge and understanding through experience of six different types of Scientific Enquiry:

asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
observing closely, using simple equipment
performing simple tests
identifying and classifying
using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
gathering and recording data to help in answering questions

During years 3 and 4, children at Barton are taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

During years 5 and 6, children are taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and a degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Scroll down to see our progression documents

Animals, Including Humans progression Map

Earth and space


Evolution and Inheritance



Living things and their habitats



Seasonal Change

Working Scientifically Progression Map